Tag The Academic Redneck

Reminds Me of You: A Poem By Hudson Hintze

(Special this week to the Academic Redneck: A poem written by Pikes Peak Community College student Hudson Hintze. Over the last several weeks, I filled in for my colleague, Larry Giddings, in his Introduction to Literature class. The students and I covered the poetry unit, and I encouraged them to share their creative writing with me for publication in my column. Hudson, one of Larry’s students, sent me this poem.

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Death By Bureaucracy

(A Found Poem) Dear Applicant: Please provide the requested information so this office can make a Medicaid eligibility determination for the above claimant currently confined to a skilled nursing home facility. If the requested information is not received within twenty (20) days, the claimant’s Medicaid eligibility will be denied or… Terminated.

The Unconditional Judgment of History

Before he capitulated to the cancer that lay siege to his throat behind the warring fog of cigar smoke, a lethal Anaconda Plan executed to precision, cutting off air, squeezing and suffocating his lungs, the victorious general of Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Appomattox reflected on his life, penned his memoirs, handed them unceremoniously to Mark Twain, then unconditionally surrendered. U.S. Grant fought to end slavery though he’d owned slaves once himself.

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Cold Warrior

(“She loved me for the dangers I had pass’d, And I loved her that she did pity them.” Othello, William Shakespeare) To train you not to crack under hostile interrogation, they shoved your six-foot frame into a foot-long locker, buried you alive, then headed off for a long cocktail lunch at the officers’ club. When finally exhumed, you smiled and said, “Did you give my phone number to the waitress

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Rosa’s Husband

If you google the name “Raymond Parks,” you’ll find a lot of information about a daring Georgia hillbilly who served prison time for running moonshine in the 1930s and helped found NASCAR in the 1940s. Unfortunately, Google reveals far less about a black man by the same name, whose famous wife, Rosa Parks, became an iconic civil rights leader during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. Yet Rosa’s husband

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Please Help Our School

Every time I see the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus, I think of my years as a student at J.B. Pennington High School in Blountsville, Alabama. I relate so much to the character Gertrude Lang, an awkward young woman struggling to master clarinet, the most unforgiving instrument in marching or concert band. One wrong placement of teeth on mouthpiece, and out come foul—and fowl—sounds. I played clarinet long before the Aflac

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